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Marlene Dietrich
Actress, Blonde Venus (1932)
Miss Dietrich seems utterly disinterested [sic] in the difficult business at hand and ignores poor Herbert Marshall, a child actor, and the world in general in as complete an exhibition of somnambulance as any actress ever gave an enthusiastic, if misled, public.
(Pare Lorentz, 1932)
Dietrich walks through her part with all the warmth and quiet restraint of a poker leaning against the fireplace.
(Cy Caldwell, New Outlook)
Actress, The Scarlet Empress (1934)
One of the great disappointments of the work is the performance of Miss Dietrich. As usual, she looks beautiful, but particularly in the first half of the work, she goes about with a vacant
smile which makes one suspect that Catherine was just as defective mentally as her mad husband, Czar Peter III.
(Literary Digest)
As for Miss Dietrich, who retains the identical bisque doll expression through half a hundred costumes, her performance is less an exhibition of acting than of mesmerism.
(Willima Troy, Nation)
Actress, The Devil is a Woman (1935)
[The film] also reveals the weaknesses of Marlene Dietrich. Her charm is devastating. But her acting! She looks like a soignee epileptic.
(Daily Telegraph)
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